The excellent condition of the land and buildings of a fine farm of one hundred
and sixty acres, on section 2, Hazel Green township, testifies to the energy and
efficiency of its owner, Elmer N. Akers. He was born in Milo township,
Delaware county, December 3, 1862, a son of James M. and Mary F. (Wright) Akers.
The father was born in the Hoosier state and the mother was a native of
Kentucky. Their marriage occurred in Indiana on the 4th of November, 1843, and
they became the parents of five children, namely: Ella, who married L. W.
Bloodgood; Asbury F., a resident of Nebraska; Elmer N., the subject of this
review, John W., a Union soldier in the Civil War, who served in Company D,
Fourth Iowa Cavalry and who was confined in Andersonville prison for several
months and died of starvation; and Serilda J., who passed away in 1911. She
married George W. Clapp, a resident of Bloomington, Nebraska, who also served in
Company D, Fourth Iowa Cavalry, during the Civil war and was incarcerated in
Mr. and Mrs. James M. Akers removed from Indiana
to Delaware county, Iowa, in 1857 and for a number of years the father earned a
livelihood by working for others. In 1865 he purchased a farm in the Bay
settlement and continued to follow agricultural pursuits there until 1888,
when he removed to the south western part of the state, making his home there
until the death of his wife, which occurred in May, 1893. Subsequently he went
to Nebraska and lived with his daughter, Serilda, until his death, which
occurred in December, 1896.
Elmer N. Akers received his elementary education in the
district schools and later attended Lenox College at Hopkinton. After reaching
man's estate he began farming for himself and is now the owner of one hundred
and sixty acres of fine land situated on section 2, Hazel Green township. He
does mixed farming and is proving very successful, his capital increasing
steadily from year to year. He understands how to utilize his land to the best
advantage so that he not only gathers good crops annually but also conserves the
fertility of the soil.
On the 3d of December, 1884, Mr. Akers was united
in marriage to Miss Nancy Midkiff, a daughter of Preston and Roxanna (Dalrymple)
Midkiff. Her father was a native of Virginia and her mother of Ohio but came to
this county at an early date in its development and were here married. Both are
deceased, the former dying July 9, 1905; and the latter in March, 1912. Mr. and
Mrs. Akers became the parents of three children, namely: Verna Roxanna, who
married Martin McElmeel, a farmer of Delaware township; Mary Blanche, who
married George Boyd Smith and passed away at the home of her parents June 22,
1914; and James P., at home.
Mr. Akers is a republican in his political
allegiance and is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. For many years he
has been one of the respected residents of this county and those who have been
associated with him are his staunchest friends, which fact is in itself proof of
the integrity of his character.